Geoff’s First Word for June2018

Highs and Lows in the Golf World.

Lydia Ko had a really topsy-turvy 4 rounds at the US Women’s Open at Shoal Creek at the beginning of the month.  A horrible first two rounds had her missing the cut at -4 for most of the Friday until all of a sudden players fell away with the Cut moving to -5.  Phew, she made it.  However, her erratic play did not improve by much and she finished well down the field.  So, keep smiling Lydia.

Go KO!

It is very rare that we pay tribute to 2 related parties (people) in one issue.  Bill MacGowan who recently died was a change manager CEO at NZ Golf for 3 years (you can read about him inside) and Dean Murphy whom he brought into the role of Commercial Manager and who eventually succeeded Bill as CEO.

Dean has just been awarded the The C.K. Doig Leadership Award which recognises outstanding leadership by an executive sport and recreation leader.  We have seen various iterations of NZ Golf structure and make up over the years with CEO’s of differing abilities.  Dean has that extra special brand of touch that makes what could be a very bureaucratic role into something dynamic.

This award is deserved, and our congratulations are added to the masses he has already received.

Congratulations also have to go to Michael Hendry for earning a start, for a second year in a row, in the Open Championship this year.  He did not manage to make the weekend last year so here is hoping! Then of course we have the great news that both Ryan Fox and Tim Wilkinson have qualified for the US Open at Shinnecock Hills.  That course is going to be an interesting test of their game. So play well gentlemen.

However, the real issue of the month is Whitford Park Golf Club, and Health and Safety.

Inside is a must-read piece on what is required today with current Health and Safety Legislation.  A VOLUNTEER victim of a log splitting accident has cost this club tens of thousands of dollars and the ongoing cost of H & S regime compliance is enormous.  Their experience has ramifications for ALL volunteer groups throughout the country.  School and Church property working bees are just the first activities that come to mind!!

So, if you are involved with the governance or management of a Golf Club this is a must read.  It will be a blue print for best practice under this legislation.

Winter has certainly set in now so update your rain equipment.  You will be needing it.

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